| The Color Purple (1985) |
This is a male-bashing film in which every male character is evil, lazy, cruel etc. Because every male character is portrayed negatively, the impression is given that all men are bad.
Also, this movie implies that women were/are oppressed just as blacks were oppressed during and after the period of slavery. The theory of female oppression is a distortion of historical fact that relies on the viewers' lack of historical knowledge.
As a quick example, I note that the men on the Titanic chose to sacrifice their lives so that the women on board could use the few lifeboats available. In a similar situation, how many white slave owners would have sacrificed their lives to save the lives of their slaves? Any parallel between the oppression of blacks and oppression of women is then an exaggeration at best.
My point is that this movie presents an extreme feminist view intended to denigrate men and to portray all women either as victims or heroic anti-male fighters.
There is an all-star cast including Danny Glover, Whoppi Goldberg, and Oprah Winfrey.
- Reviewed by Paul G.